2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals Longlists

A total of 46 books (26 fiction, 20 nonfiction) have been selected to the longlists for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction released on October 26.

Judging by the linked descriptions for all the longlisted books, it seems the only one that might be claimed as sff is Marie-Helene Bertino’s Parakeet.(Farrar), because “The Bride receives a visit from her long-dead grandmother in the form of a very alive parakeet.” 

Two more longlisted authors have been up for sff awards in the past, but Emily St. John Mandel’s The Glass Hotel has a Ponzi scheme at its core and no fantastic elements are mentioned in the linked synopsis. Likewise, Charles Yu, whose many genre works include How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (2010), is listed for a non-sff book Interior Chinatown.

A six-title shortlist—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—will be chosen from longlist titles and announced on November 17, 2020. The two medal winners will be announced online on Thursday, February 4, 2021. The Carnegie Medal winners will each receive $5,000.



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